Auction 121, Lot 794

"Guinea Propria, nec non Nigritiae vel Terrae Nigrorum Maxima Pars…", Haas/Homann Heirs

Subject: Africa - Western

Period: 1743 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22 x 18 inches
55.9 x 45.7 cm

This remarkable map is one of the most detailed maps of West Africa produced during the mid-eighteenth century. Information is confined only to those regions that were well known and it is particularly well delineated along the Niger River and the coast where there are extensive notations. The map is embellished with a large vignette of a native village with the distance scales engraved onto elephant tusks representing this important trade commodity of the region. A key at the bottom of the map identifies the various peoples and types of habitats. There is a French title at the top right.


Condition: B

There is some uneven toning and a little damp stain just into the border of the map at the bottom. One professionally filled hole in a blank area in the interior.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/26/2007